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Hello Rebels,
 
As the name implies, some of these goals will depend on some news I will receive in a week or two.  Anyone following along knows my entire last challenge pretty much hinged on passing my boards for licensure as a DPT.  I sat for boards on 7/29 and holy hell did that test suck.  Felt like jumping headfirst into a wood chipper.  250 questions ranging from arbitrary practically erradicated illnesses (Smallpox) to parameters down to the frequency and amplitude for modalities nobody really uses in clinics in most cases (ultrasound, for example).  So, in essence, I shot my shot and it definitely wasn't a 'swish'.  The ball is coming off the backboard, and it might bounce in, or it might bounce out.  Retakes for boards are in 3 months, but hopefully that doesn't matter and I get the good news here in a week or so that I passed.  I will throw a big fucking party in a post if I pass.  Talked to a bunch of my classmates afterwards, most of them younger and smarter than me, and certainly all of them had better sleep leading up to it (courtesy of being a young 20-something without 2 small children crammed into your COVID confined household).  Just about everyone feels like it sucked, but the test is designed to just beat you down, so, it remains to be seen. 

 

Thankfully I have a giant fucking list of projects around the house that has accumulated to keep me busy and avoiding dwelling on some of the questions that really stumped me, or looking up answers to them and then being miserable about it.

 

STRENGTH:

  • 2x BW Deadlift for 1x5.

 

DEXTERITY:

  • Pain with resisted tricep extension reduced to 0/10. (Resting pain is currently 0/10, passive stretching pain would be about a 2/10.  Active it's about a 3/10, with a hangover around 2/10 for 30 mins or so after activity).

 

CONSTITUTION:

  • Get the diet back on track.  I ate like garbage the past 10 days or so stressing about the exam and now coming off of the exam.  

 

INTELLIGENCE:

  • TBD, might need some remediation here if I didn't pass boards.

 

WISDOM:

  • I will knock off items from the giant to-do list (picture incoming), at least one item per day.

 

CHARISMA:

  • Get a fucking job!  This doesn't just hinge on passing boards.  Even if I didn't pass, I need to get something out of the field to get some income.  We cannot go another 3 months on one income.

 

 

May the force be with us all!  Good vibes appreciated for boards results!
 

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Attaching said to-do list. As you can see, its massive. So far I have managed to fix 2 small electrical problems with my wifes car and move around some toddler clothes with wifes close supervision. 

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6 hours ago, ZachPSU said:

250 questions ranging from arbitrary practically erradicated illnesses (Smallpox) to parameters down to the frequency and amplitude for modalities nobody really uses in clinics in most cases (ultrasound, for example). 

6 hours ago, ZachPSU said:

Just about everyone feels like it sucked, but the test is designed to just beat you down, so, it remains to be seen. 

What is this madness? If the licensing test isn't testing your competency in a way that is relevant to the work, someone needs to rewrite the damn test.

 

I hope you pass. :)

 

6 hours ago, ZachPSU said:

Attaching said to-do list. As you can see, its massive.

It is, but the tasks also fall into distinct categories. So you could pick one category per day and work on that, or try to do one thing from a different categories than the day before. I'm just brainstorming here because I enjoy it - you may not need any suggestions on how to handle your todo list. :)

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5 hours ago, juliebarkley said:

What is this madness? If the licensing test isn't testing your competency in a way that is relevant to the work, someone needs to rewrite the damn test.

 

Yeah, in general it takes them so long to vet items for the exam that the exam tests 'best practices' from 5-6 years ago in most cases anyway, so the cutting edge stuff and current flavor of the month in the rehab world will never make it there, well, not until 5-6 years after it is relatively forgotten or abandoned lol.  Smallpox though, well, that was more than 5 years ago so I'm not sure on why that was there.  I have alot of Canadian students in my cohort (we are close enough that they'd commute across the border for classes), and the Canadian boards are like a 2 day event but way more practical, and includes alot of demonstration and patient interview/roleplay things which are WAY MORE MEANINGFUL than being a good multiple choice test taker and testing recall.  Put me in a room and let me talk to someone and use my hands and work with them to figure out whats going on any day.

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12 hours ago, ZachPSU said:

Good vibes appreciated for boards results!

All the good vibes being sent your way. You killed it and are just waiting on the results go prove it!

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5 hours ago, ZachPSU said:

I have alot of Canadian students in my cohort (we are close enough that they'd commute across the border for classes), and the Canadian boards are like a 2 day event but way more practical, and includes alot of demonstration and patient interview/roleplay things which are WAY MORE MEANINGFUL than being a good multiple choice test taker and testing recall.  Put me in a room and let me talk to someone and use my hands and work with them to figure out whats going on any day.

Isn't PT like, mostly human interaction? I understand that you have to know your stuff, obviously, but your patient-consults are so much more than diagnosing a problem and coming up with a theoretical treatment plan. Both the hands-on execution and the behavioural side of a consult are at least as important for most injuries...

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Chiming in with agreement that the test sounds like it tests your test-taking abilities and not the relevant material for the job, and also to agree your to-do list looks long but doable! I think having things to keep you busy and distracted is a great plan. Waiting for information is so stressful, and there's been so much of it going around this year, it's best to mitigate it however you can.

 

Best of luck with the results and with your job search, as well as with your challenge overall! Looks like a great set of goals.

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Ugh.   We have to wait for a passing party?  Man, I hate waiting.  Congrats for surviving your test in all its stupid glory.  
 

That is a massive list but I have a question.  What is “restrain cords”?  Do you have particularly rambunctious cords or is this like the previously discussed toddler restraining for sanity?😁

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I for one am glad to know if you happen to encounter the first case of smallpox in 40 years you can waltz in like Dr House and stop it before it mutates and we all get COVIDpox ;)

 

Good vibes all the way, and good luck with your list!

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On 8/2/2020 at 7:59 AM, Chesire said:

That is a massive list but I have a question.  What is “restrain cords”?  Do you have particularly rambunctious cords or is this like the previously discussed toddler restraining for sanity?😁

 

Had to ask the wife, she is the chief architect of the list. It means to secure the cords in toddlers room so he can have more independent play in there, but part of me likes your idea too? Lol

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This is all. Most of my classmates that passed are celebrating by slamming some serious shots and drinks this evening. I celebrated by deep-cleaning my toddlers booster seat and then having a Thomas the tank engine race with his wooden trains, and I wouldnt have it any other way (also because I used up my liver too fast in college and drinks just don't agree with me anymore). 

 

Thank you everyone for all of your support. Now to get a job!

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Okay, time for a weekly-ish review.

 

STRENGTH:

  • 2x BW Deadlift for 1x5.  Deadlift 245 1x5.  I changed this because I actually did the math and, with my current progression, even if I don't miss a lift ( adding 10 lbs per DL, DLing 2xweekly, I will top out at 255 by challenge end.  Current BW is around 165, so thats a decent mark off of 2x BW.  Set new goal at 245, that gives me wiggle room to have one bad deadlift day where I don't hit my mark.

 

DEXTERITY:

  • Pain with resisted tricep extension reduced to 0/10. (Resting pain is currently 0/10, passive stretching pain would be about a 2/10.  Active it's about a 3/10, with a hangover around 2/10 for 30 mins or so after activity). - For now I'd say this is improving.  I've made more progress from simply resting it than doing any low load eccentric work, but I have been doing some work on it every few days.  Pain is probably currently a 0/10 rest, 1/10 passive stretch, and 1/10 active extension.

 

CONSTITUTION:

  • Get the diet back on track.  I ate like garbage the past 10 days or so stressing about the exam and now coming off of the exam.  I haven't flown off the rails, but I've slipped some.  Let myself enjoy some takeout with the family, and last night ate sushi and brownies and ice cream with some other family to celebrate the passing of the boards.  Making good choices for late night snacking for the most part.  Could've had seconds on brownie and ice cream last night but went with hot tea instead.

 

INTELLIGENCE:

  • TBD, might need some remediation here if I didn't pass boards.  Just giving myself green here for no other reason than to bask in the glory of passing boards.  Not assigning anything new here.

 

WISDOM:

  • I will knock off items from the giant to-do list (picture incoming), at least one item per day. - Been destroying this to-do- list.  Did a big one over the past 2 days in shampoo the carpets.  Had my parents in town to watch my toddler and then wife and I moved all the furniture room by room and did the floors.

 

CHARISMA:

  • Get a fucking job!  This doesn't just hinge on passing boards.  Even if I didn't pass, I need to get something out of the field to get some income.  We cannot go another 3 months on one income.  -- Okay, buckling down here now.  Got a few applications out this week, going to put a few more out as soon as possible.  It's not a fantastic market right now in my area, but it should be rebounding soon.  It's mostly per diem work being posted right now which is frustrating but better than nothing.  I just hate the unknown with it, that I don't know until that morning where I might be working.  I like establishing a connection to my patients, not just being a sub.  We will see what happens but right now cash is cash.
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1 hour ago, ZachPSU said:

Pain is probably currently a 0/10 rest, 1/10 passive stretch, and 1/10 active extension.

Progress :)

 

Good job on your first week in general, it seems like you're using your free time very productively :)

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